Kaikeyi Reminds Dasharatha About the Sacrifice of King Bali, from a Ramayana

c. 1710

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

A large portion of this composition is dominated by the episode of Vishnu’s manifestation as Trivikrama in Raja Bali’s sacrifice. Vishnu stands monumentally with his one foot on the ground and the other foot reaching to heaven where Brahma washes Vishnu’s foot with Ganges water in devotion. Raja Bali is shown giving the sacrifice to Vamana, the brahmin incarnation of Vishnu.

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  • Title: Kaikeyi Reminds Dasharatha About the Sacrifice of King Bali, from a Ramayana
  • Date Created: c. 1710
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2018.142
  • Medium: gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
  • Inscriptions: ayo[dhyā kāṃda]. ṛāmāyana ro patra. 39. pache rājā bilāpa kari mūrchā pai jadi kekaī bolī dhartī para kyo sutā saṃcī bāta upara rahoṃ or suṃnoṃ rājā alaraka shivi ara rājā bali yā sāmca upara sarba dīyo yā bāta suni rājā homa kara bāvālā kīsī nāī khed pāctouva, ayodhaya, 39
  • Fun Fact: King Dasharatha is shown twice at the left: speaking with his wife and swooning on hearing her demand to send Rama into exile.
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Mewar
  • Credit Line: Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund
  • Collection: Indian Art
  • Accession Number: 2018.142

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